Jacks sign the 2016 Highland Premier League Player of the Season

Jacks sign the 2016 Highland Premier League Player of the Season

Posted on June 17, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have bolstered their squad for the second part of the PS4NPLWA season by signing Daryl Nicol from Scottish Highland Premier League side Cove Rangers.

The 26-year-old had a stellar season at Rangers last season, and it was topped off by winning the league’s Player of the Season (Photo: Nicol with his Play of the Year Trophy) Nicol played a number of season’s at Montrose in the Scottish lower league before heading to Rangers and last season he bagged 42 goals.

Nicol and his partner Alison arrived in Perth last Friday, and watched his new side in action last week in the 3-0 win against Sorrento, and he has hit the training track this week and will be in-line to make his debut against Armadale on Saturday. He said a chat to a former ECU striker back home convinced him to head down under. “A lad I played with back home called Jamie Watt used to play for the club, and he told me about the place and put in touch with David Tough, and the rest is history,” he explained. “We’ve only been here for a week so we are still finding our feet but everyone at the club was very welcoming and the people of Perth are very helpful. It’s a beautiful place.”

The decision to leave Scotland and Cove Rangers and set up home in Australia, was a huge decision for Daryl and his partner Alison, but he said after applying for Australian permanent residency and being accepted he is delighted to be here. “It was a very hard decision to leave Scotland and the football club, it’s one that Alison and I thought long about,” he said. “Applying for PR in Australia was a lengthy and expensive process and having loved every minute at Cove Rangers it was tough to leave, but the Australian lifestyle is second to none and that was the biggest draw.”

Nicol was proud of his final season at Cove, winning the league for the Allan Park club, and the competitions player of the year, and he said it was great to end his career their on such a high. “To win the award is something I’m very proud of, given the high standard of some of the players in that league it’s not something I take lightly,” he said. “However I think there were a number of my teammates who were just as deserving of the award. Winning the Highland League in my last season at Cove Rangers, and playing every game away from home whilst they built a new ground was a great achievement for everyone involved, and it’s something I will never forget.”

ECU assistant Coach David Tough said Nicol is a fantastic player and a good person as well, and they are delighted to have him on board. “We’ve done our homework and Daryl, and he’s an A+,” he said. “He’s an intelligent striker who has great movement, pace to burn and is an excellent finisher. I’ve always kept an eye on the football back home in Scotland, especially the Highland League as I’ve a number of mates playing in that division. We got tipped off that Daryl was emigrating with his partner, and we got in touch with him and we’re delighted to have secured his signature. We’ve not only signed a good player but someone that’s going to be a positive influence in the changing rooms and will add to the experience we have in there at the moment.”

The striker has only had one training session with the club and he said he’s heard about the club, and it’s talented junior academy, from Jamie Watt (Who played for ECU in 2009-10), and said he’s looking forward to starting when selected. “I’ll be honest I don’t know a great deal about the league here, but having met with everyone at the club, they all have a great deal of ambition and are hungry for success,” he said. “I’ve only had one session with the lads which was great, and the coaching staff put on a good session and prepared the boys well for Saturday, the whole set up is really impressive and I can’t wait to get started.”